A trip to North Wales has been in my plans for some time – in my ‘day job’, I work closely with St-Asaph Web Design specialists, DesignWeb and decided that we could combine business with pleasure perfectly by taking a weekend break to this pretty area which includes rolling hills, long sandy beaches and quaint towns.
Step one was deciding where to stay in an area we’ve never been to before.
Finding a Campsite
There is certainly no shortage of campsites in the area between Prestatyn and St. Asaph – with most basic pitch prices being around the £20 per night mark.
However, as adult campers with a fairly large tent and our dog, we needed a large electric pitch on a dog friendly site, with electric hook up. It’s when you factor this in that the price varies more widely.
So, too, does what a site regards as an awning. In South Wales, its usually only a separate gazebo that is chargeable, but in trying to book North Wales sites my impression was that any tent canopy or side extension is game. This seems a little opportunistic seeing as you are already being charged extra for a large pitch to put it on.
One site even said they would even charge extra for the roof protector because it added a small canopy to the roof. Needless to say, we were not in a hurry to book there – although in the end we took our smaller tent anyway as I wasn’t really in the mood to pitch our huge inflatable.
Why we chose Rhuallt Country Park
Rhuallt Country Park had some of the best reviews, was adult only, didn’t try to make these ridiculous charges, was perfectly situated, a very short drive from the A55, dog friendly and was the cheapest site we received a quote from – making it a no-brainer, although to be fair, there was only about a fiver in it over the 2 night stay.
The site was very easy to find (you couldn’t miss the White House Restaurant, which sits in front), and our pitch had views across green hills, with sheep, horses and cattle.
Our stay began with a friendly welcome from Nigel, the on-duty warden who showed us to our large flat pitch with electric.
Nigel also clearly explained where to find the dog walking area and toilet and shower facilities.
Dog owners are encouraged to only exercise their dogs in the dog walking area, rather than on the pitching area and this is clearly marked, which is great and means that the site is exceptionally clean.
Honey quickly settled (as she always does) after a quick walk – and as we headed to the immaculate showers, it soon became clear that keeping the site standards high is a real priority for this campsite, with even the floor heated.
The site is also home to an on-site upmarket restaurant with rooms, and it would have been rude not to sample it -so we did!
The White House Restaurant is clearly upmarket and is far from your average campsite restaurant.
Beautifully decorated, with most mains at around the £15 mark, this is a high-class eatery.
No expense has been spared to create a luxurious dining experience, and even the bar area is nicer than many of the top restaurants I’ve been fortunate to eat in, however even better, dogs were welcome – and even in our jeans, so were we!
Honey was spoiled by a kind waiter who brought her treats and water – then nuzzled under our feet as we enjoyed a 2 course earlybird special, just £14.95 for two delicious courses.
We are big fans of home made, fresh food and every single dish was clearly created from scratch.
As the weather that weekend was a little colder than South Wales, and we were inappropriately dressed, we both chose a comforting homemade chicken pie with hand cut chips and seasonable vegetables., which were to die for! We chose to have very naughty profiteroles for dessert – completely blew the diet again, but absolutely worth it, and beautifully presented.
The slow walk back to our pitch at the end of the evening was perfectly lit – discreet enough to not disrupt sleep, yet visible enough to walk safely.
This site has somehow managed to create the perfect camping and dining experience for grown ups – although judging by the amount of stunning high-end trailers and luxury caravans on site, it’s already got a firm following.
I loved the area, the site, and the friendly locals. Definitely one to add to your ‘must visit’ list!